Terror of Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Mechagodzilla's Counterattack (メカゴジラの逆襲 Mekagojira no Gyakushū), is a 1975 tokusatsu kaiju film. The film was titled The Terror of Godzilla in its original American theatrical release. The 15th film in Toho's Godzilla series, it was directed by Ishirō Honda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. It is the second film to feature Mechagodzilla and the only film to feature Titanosaurus. Akira Ifukube provides the music score. The movie was written by Yukiko Takayama, who was the second female writer for a Godzilla film (the first was Kazue Shiba, who wrote for 1967's Son of Godzilla).
Terror of Mechagodzilla was the last movie in the Showa series of Godzilla movies before The Return of Godzilla began the Heisei series of Godzilla films in 1984. Because of the crash of Japanese cinema and the oil crisis of the mid-to-late 1970s (which had also affected some television shows), the Godzilla film series was forced to go on hiatus. As a result, Terror of Mechagodzilla had the lowest attendance figures of all the movies in the series.
This was the last Godzilla film directed by Ishirō Honda. He was reportedly slated to direct Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), but he died early that year.
Continuing after the end of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Interpol agents, led by Inspector Kusaka, search for the wreck of Mechagodzilla at the bottom of the Okinawan Sea in the submarine, Akatsuki, to gather information on its builders, the aliens of the third planet from the black hole. But, the Akatsuki is suddenly attacked by a giant aquatic dinosaur called Titanosaurus, and the crew is apparently lost.
In response to the incident, Interpol begins to investigate. With the help of marine biologist Akira Ichinose, they trace the incident and Titanosaurus to a reclusive, mad scientist named Shinzô Mafune, who was forced to leave the institute, and now wants to destroy them as well as all of mankind. When visiting his old house in the seaside forest of Manazuru, they meet Mafune's lone daughter Katsura, who tells them that not only is her father dead, but she also burned all of his notes on the giant dinosaur (at her father's request). But unbeknownst to them, Mafune himself is alive and well, visited by his scientist friend Tsuda, who turns out to be an aide to the new black hole alien leader Mugal, who is leading the project to quickly rebuild Mechagodzilla. Mugal offers their services to Mafune, so that his Titanosaurus and their Mechagodzilla 2 will be the ultimate weapons. The ultimate goal of this new wave of black hole aliens is to wipe out mankind and rebuild cities around the world as a high-tech dystopia.
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